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Refis lead the way as mortgage applications rise 1.7%

Housing Wire

After two weeks of slight declines , mortgage applications regained their footing last week, rising 1.7% from the week prior, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

How Down Payment Assistance Opens the Door to Homeownership

Keeping Current Matters

Many people are eager to buy a home right now while affordability continues to be a highlight of the current housing market. However, a recent survey by Sparks Research shows that 20% of first-time homebuyers cite a lack of financial education as a barrier to homeownership.

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Mortgage relief refinance programs for 2020

The Morgtage Report

Popular government mortgage relief programs like HARP and FMERR have ended. But there's one mortgage relief refinance left. Find out if you qualify. Conventional Loans FHA Refinance Mortgage Strategy Refinance USDA Loans VA Loans VA Refinance

9 Comics That Show What It’s Like Being a Real Estate Agent

Lighter Side of Real Estate

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Don’t give up! Your house is out there

The Living Room

In January, B.C. Before Covid), I had some lovely past clients put me in touch with some of their friends. Josh and Jamie had had a poor experience purchasing their first home and needed a fierce advocate in their corner.

Holy smokes — new home sales are up 32.1% year over year

Housing Wire

The one economic sector that has blown away my estimates this year has been the new home sales market. I predicted peak year-to-date growth of 4.7% but this was before COVID-19, which temporarily crushed bond yields and mortgage rates.

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A definition of the term Starter Home and why no one should use it

The American Genius for Real Estate

(HOMEOWNERSHIP) You see the term in the MLS for fixer uppers. You hear it when Realtors are working with first time buyers. But the term "starter home" shouldn't be in anyone's vocabulary.

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Renting an Apartment for the First Time

Point2Homes

Image: Antonio Guillem / Shutterstock.com. If you’re considering moving out of your parent’s home and into your first apartment, you’re probably pumped. Renting an apartment for the first time can be an exciting experience.

COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE “TRANSPARENT REBRAND” WINS 2020 MARCOM PLATINUM AWARD

Coldwell Banker

International marketing competition recognizes the company’s rebrand as standout marketing strategy. The post COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE “TRANSPARENT REBRAND” WINS 2020 MARCOM PLATINUM AWARD appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter.

Is 2021 a good time to buy a house?

Housing Wire

This year’s housing market has been plagued with low inventory, rising home prices, and endless bidding wars, making it hard for some would-be homeowners to get their foot in the door. Will 2021 be any different? Or, will it be a good time to buy a home?

Two Important Impacts of Home Equity

Keeping Current Matters

Equity continues to rise, helping American homeowners secure a much more stable financial future. According to the most recent data from CoreLogic , the average homeowner gained $9,800 in equity over the past year. In addition, experts project 2020 home prices to continue rising.

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Case-Shiller: COVID-Related Deceleration Behind Us?

RIS Media

In August, home prices increased 5.7 percent YoY, up from 4.8 percent in the previous month, according to the most recent S&P CoreLogic /Case-Shiller Indices. Year-over-year, the 10-City Composite increased 4.7 percent, up from 3.5 percent in the previous month.

7 Home Buying Tips Every Veteran Needs to Know

Redfin

For most people, buying a home is an exciting and emotional milestone. This can be especially true for veterans, who have likely spent years traveling between bases, and are looking for a place to finally call their own.

Why you shouldn’t use your 401(k) to pay off a mortgage

The Morgtage Report

Most experts say: Don't use your 401(k) to pay off a mortgage. Luckily, you don't have to. There are plenty of other ways to pay off your mortgage early.

Home price index sees greatest gain in over 2 years

Housing Wire

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index of home prices in 19* U.S. cities rose 5.7% in August from a year ago, the greatest year-over-year gain since 2018, driven unsurprisingly by tightened supply amid record-low interest rates. The August increase was larger than the 4.8%

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Three Ways Low Inventory Is a Win for Sellers

Keeping Current Matters

The number of houses for sale today is significantly lower than the high buyer activity in the current housing market. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors ( NAR ): “There is no shortage of hopeful, potential buyers, but inventory is historically low.” ” When the demand for homes is higher than what’s available for sale, it’s a great time for homeowners to sell their house.

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5 Reasons Why Veterans Make Excellent Real Estate Agents

RIS Media

When transitioning into the private sector, many veterans find that the valuable skills they picked up during their training don’t always get recognized in the job market or help when it comes to finding suitable careers for veterans.

Canadian Condo Buyers At The Beginning Of The Pandemic Now Nearly Underwater

Better Dwelling

First-time homebuyers were warned at the beginning of the pandemic, and a lot didn’t listen. Now some are seeing exactly what the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) warned.

7 Signs Your Asking Price is Too High

Point2Homes

Image: Orathai Mayoeh / Shutterstock.com. Selling your home should be a carefully orchestrated process, and the most important step is setting the right asking price. In fact, setting the price too high can have several unpleasant side effects, and it is often the main reason your home isn’t selling.

Luxury housing market inspires ‘total frenzy’ in vacation boom towns

Housing Wire

In the third quarter, luxury home sales jumped 41.5% , the biggest year-over-year shift since 2013, according to Redfin. And while real estate agents repping luxury homes aren’t seeing as many bidding wars as they did this summer , their respective housing markets are still crazy right now.

7 Yard Maintenance Must-Haves for New Homeowners

Realtor.com

Steve Prezant/Getty Images If you recently bought your first home, you’re probably feeling pretty overwhelmed by the whole experience. And somewhere in between setting up your house and getting to know all the neighbors, you may have overlooked one thing: the yard—or should we say, the yardwork.

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Register Today: RISMedia’s Virtual Power Broker Forum at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo

RIS Media

These are challenging times, and that’s why it’s essential that real estate leaders come together to discuss how to pivot in this rapidly changing environment to succeed despite new obstacles.

10-Year mortgage rates: Can I get a 10-Year fixed home loan?

The Morgtage Report

10-year mortgage rates are lower than 30- and 15-year rates. But payments are much higher. Find out: Are 10-year mortgage rates worth it for you? Mortgage Products Mortgage Rates Mortgage Strategy 10-year fixed mortgage rates 10-year mortgage rates 10-year refinance rates 10/1 ARM 10/1 ARM rates

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RBC Forecasts Canadian Mortgage Defaults Will Start Rising Next Year

Better Dwelling

Canadian real estate markets aren’t yet in the clear, despite the surge in buying activity. RBC Capital Markets, in a note to institutional clients, is forecasting mortgage deferrals won’t rise until the second half of 2021.

Real estate tech roundup: Asteroom, Homesnap and SafeShowings

Housing Wire

Asteroom, a smartphone-based provider of mobile 3D home tours for real estate professionals, has announced a partnership with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach which gives agents access to Asteroom ’s 3D tour technology, image enhancement and 3D virtual staging capabilities.

Glamorous Glass | 5 Homes with Stained-Glass Windows

Sotheby's International Real Estate

From New York to California, these homes feature stained-glass elements that transmit light and transform it into color, creating accents that are both visually striking and vibrant. A Piece of San Francisco History.

Earnnest Releases New Real Estate Agent App

RIS Media

Earnnest, a digital earnest money service in the United States, recently released a native app to put digital earnest payment requests at real estate agents’ finger tips.

The 9 best online mortgage lenders for 2020

The Morgtage Report

We name the 9 best online mortgage lenders and review their offerings, service, flexibility, fees and rates. Essential reading for online borrowers.

A Rare Blue Moon On Halloween Night

Waterfront Properties

Not only is this Saturday Halloween, but a rare Blue Moon will light up the night’s sky. A blue moon does not always appear to be blue in the sky, but rather when it occurs.

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Mortgage forbearances down 2 basis points to 5.9%, led by Fannie and Freddie

Housing Wire

The U.S. forbearance rate measuring the share of mortgages with suspended payments fell slightly to 5.9% last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.